Capital Veterinary Specialists JAX
Capital Veterinary Specialists JAX (CVSJ) is the Jacksonville private practice in speciality and emergency care of Dr. Mark Walker, DVSc, DACVIM. The Bayer Influencers Team visited the new location which opened in March 2015. There is also a location in Tallahassee, FL. The sprawling hospital once housed an animal physical therapy clinic offering many possibilities for the new practice.
During our Bayer pet influencer team’s visit to Capital Veterinary Specialists JAX I learned that advances in veterinary medicine are nearly equal to those for humans, providing ways to help our pets live longer and healthier lives. But, there is a threat to veterinary private practices as corporations gobble up the small business. After my visit to CVSJ I decided to share with you what I saw as the most important advances for the future of veterinary care for our pets.
Specialty and Emergency Medicine
CVSJ is a full-service animal hospital offering all aspects internal medicine care, surgical care and advanced imaging using state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Walker built a team of the best veterinarians and technicians in the area. For doctor’s biographies and expertise visit here.
Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Although CVSJ does not operate as a 24-hour emergency hospital, it takes in emergencies during its normal operating hours 7-days a week, 13-hours a day. After 9 p.m. the patients always have 24-hour care and monitoring.
CVSJ has experts on staff trained and experienced in emergency care. Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Specialists include Dr. Andre Shih, DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC, Jacksonville’s only Board Certified Veterinary Critical Care Specialist. Also, Dr. Morgan Guoan, DVM, focused her education and early experience on emergency medicine and critical care. There is also an experienced staff of veterinary surgery and medicine technicians.
If most pet owners are like me, they’ve made too many trips to the emergency pet hospital. Luckily, none of my visits were serious enough to require the expertise that you will find at CVSJ. Types of emergencies that CVSJ, and other emergency hospitals, are equipped to handle include:
- Trauma patients (hit by car, bite wounds, bullet wounds)
- Respiratory distress (trouble breathing)
- Shock and sudden collapse
- Deteriorating heart function (arrhythmias and heart failure)
- Difficult or no urination
- Pets needing transfusions
- Ingestion of toxic substances
- Life-threatening conditions of the nervous system (uncontrolled seizures)
- Pets that are having difficulty recovering from surgery
Specialty Care — Internal Medicine
At CVSJ several specialty areas are offered, including: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology and Endocrinology, where they are on the cutting edge of the latest treatments available for pets. Some of the advanced veterinary testing they offer includes:
- Contrast radiography
- Thoracic ultrasound
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Ultrasound guided biopsies
A full-service emergency and specialty care hospital needs the most advanced equipment available. Some of the equipment shown to our team included two Sound Digital Radiology units, the Storz Endoscopy (bronchoscope, gastroscope and cystoscope) and Laparoscopy suite, an Aloka Alpha 7 ultrasound and latest ventilator oxygen assist therapy. The room is ready for delivery and installation of the clinic’s Toshiba ONE GENESIS 64 slice computerized tomography unit, or what we know as a CT scan.
Specialty Care — Orthopedic Surgery
After just completing his residency in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Brett Darrow, DVM, CCRP, is the most recent specialist to arrive at CVSJ. His current research and specialty lies in 3D printing bone models and surgical guides to improve the accuracy and efficiency of orthopedic surgery.
By far the most cutting-edge treatment for pets that our Bayer influencer team witnessed is the 3D printer used to replicate complicated fractures in dogs and cats so that less evasive surgery and time is needed to repair the injury. Lessening the risk for any pet. Not as simple as it sounds, this is accomplished by taking a CT scan of the fracture and using a small computer to transfer it to the printer. This can also be done remotely, allowing for even more ways to treat an injured pet.
Specialty Care — Non-Traditional Medicine
CVSJ also provides non-traditional options for treating pets including rehabilitation and acupuncture.
Becoming more widely accepted among pet parents, acupuncture is an alternative to traditional veterinary care, medicine or surgery. Dr. Shih is certified in acupuncture for people and pets. A dog diagnosed with IVDD in its early stages can respond to acupuncture and underwater treadmill in lieu of surgery. Acupuncture treatments are definitely a part of the future in veterinary care.
The Canine Rehabilitation Department at CVSJ is great for improving post-operative outcomes, or as a preventative to surgery. Surgeries for orthopedic injuries, neurological and soft tissue surgical procedures, all benefit from rehabilitation. Non-surgical conditions also benefit from rehabilitation such as chronic osteoarthritis, canine athlete injuries, weight management and geriatric strength conditioning.
Just as people benefit from post-surgery physical therapy, or as a preventative to surgery, canines can too. CVSJ’s property came with the pool and underwater treadmill. There are individual rehabilitation clinics in our area, but seeing who CVSJ acquired their property from, it seems likely that canine rehabilitation will merge more into specialty clinics rather than operate stand-alone for the future in veterinary care.